Breast and General Surgeon.....
pain is very common, affecting up to 70% of women and accounting
for up to half of all referrals seen in a breast clinic. It is important
to stress that breast pain is not usually a sign of breast cancer.
The cause of breast pain is not clear but it can be either cyclical
Keeping a breast pain chart for at least two months is useful. Cyclical
or hormonal pain occurs usually in premenopausal women who suffer
increasing pain from mid-cycle which tends to improve at menstruation.
The women experience breast discomfort, fullness, heaviness and
lumpiness about three to seven days before each period. The breast
is tender to touch especially in the outer part extending towards
the armpit. Most women with mild to moderate symptoms are reassured
and discharged after assessment. Those with severe symptoms may
require therapy ranging from simple measures like a soft support
bra at night to dietary manipulation and medication.
breast pain usually occurs in older women and may arise in the breast
itself or be referred from other conditions affecting the chest
wall and ribs. There is no pattern to the pain which can often be
localised to a specific spot. Most women can be reassured after
careful assessment. A firm support bra is often helpful if the pain
originates from the breast whilst medication may be required in
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